Green Mountain Farm-to-School
Contact: Alida Farrell, firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 334-2044
January 3, 2022
Vermont Everyone Eats Continues Through April 1, 2022
Vermont Everyone Eats (VEE), the innovative COVID-19 response program that provides meal assistance to Vermonters while supporting local restaurants, farmers, and food producers, has received an extension to continue through April 1, 2022.
Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) has worked with 12 different restaurants around the Northeast Kingdom to provide an average of 1,000 meals per week to those in need via meal sites open to the public, collaborations with community organizations, restaurants, and volunteer delivery drivers.
Everyone Eats was inspired by grassroots initiatives from communities across Vermont. Originally designed as a five-month program, VEE has been extended multiple times to mitigate high levels of food insecurity and economic instability exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. In July 2020, Vermont lawmakers allocated funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to launch Vermont Everyone Eats and the program was subsequently extended with FEMA funding. Vermont Everyone Eats is operated through a network of community hubs located throughout the state. Since the start of Vermont Everyone Eats, 14 community hubs have worked with 260 restaurants sourcing ingredients from over 300 farmers to distribute over 1.9 million meals to Vermonters all over the state.
To enroll in Everyone Eats, contact GMFTS at email@example.com and/or download the Localvore app. to find participating restaurants near you.
For more information about Vermont Everyone Eats visit www.vteveryoneeats.org or explore community posts at #vteveryoneeats.
Vermont Everyone Eats provides nutritious meals to Vermonters in need of food assistance as well as a stabilizing source of income for Vermont restaurants, farmers, and food producers. The program is operated by 11 community hubs throughout the state including a statewide online digital app. Vermont Everyone Eats is funded by a contract provided by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development to Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA).
GMFTS is a small nonprofit organization located in Newport, VT building healthy and economically viable communities by working across the food system with capacity building, resource development, and technical assistance. Our seven full time staff and five AmeriCorps members partner with each community we serve to develop a comprehensive approach to improve access to healthy food and revitalize the local economy.